Co-op Spotlight: Leah Okrainsky, Mechanical Engineering Co-op / by Integrated Design Group

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For almost a decade, Integrated Design Group has offered a Co-op program that integrates students’ rigorous coursework with career-related experience.

 

Co-ops at Integrated Design Group work side-by-side with staff at every level, many of which are subject matter experts who have completed some of the industry’s most impressive and complex projects. A few of our co-ops have stayed on for full-time positions and have even continued onto leadership positions.

One of current co-ops from this year, Leah Okrainsky, worked directly with our Mechanical Group during her co-op experience at Integrated Design Group. In her own words, Leah discusses what she learned and took away from his experience at Integrated Design Group:

 

Leah Okrainsky at her workstation at Integrated Design Group.

Leah Okrainsky at her workstation at Integrated Design Group.

"Working at Integrated Design Group has completely changed and opened up my view of the world of engineering.

Integrated Design Group truly embodies the spirit of teamwork in architecture and engineering, which is one of the main things that distinguishes it from other companies and makes it a great place to work for people who thrive in collaborative environments.

 I am one of those people, and it has been so interesting to work with other mechanical engineers, as well as electrical engineers and architects, all of whom have an expansive wealth of knowledge. The staff is always eager to share their skill sets and make themselves available whenever I have questions. 

Leah lays her focus on drawings for a project at Integrated Design Group.

Leah lays her focus on drawings for a project at Integrated Design Group.

I have learned so much both about the technical aspects of mission critical infrastructure design from all disciplines, as well as how to convey that information in order to communicate with clients. The work that Integrated Design Group does is all-around comprehensive. From evaluating the site, to creating a master plan, to designing the facility and overseeing construction, that beginning to end process has been fascinating to participate in. It is impossible to do so in larger, more bureaucratic companies – which would be the opposite of Integrated Design Group.

Although it is a constantly growing company with a solid client base, being able to communicate easily with all disciplines and all levels of employees makes for a great open community at work.

 

 One of the things I most appreciate about my co-op at Integrated Design Group is how much responsibility they have trusted me with. I have been able to go on site visits both locally and across the country, represent Integrated Design Group at Symposiums, communicate directly with clients, design data center facilities, and sign my name on drawings. To have my input valued as a co-op is quite incredible and extremely motivating. Since mission critical data center design is one of the company's main focuses and specialties (and happens to be such a niche industry), working at Integrated Design Group has shown me that tackling a high learning curve is not something to shy away from. Rather, it is an opportunity to delve deeply into the work and come out with a greater knowledge base."

 


Interested in becoming a Co-op at Integrated Design Group?

Full time undergraduate students are welcome to review our job board for current Co-op opportunities. 

Leah and Mikhail, an architectural designer, pose in front of our signature red wall at our Boston office.

Leah and Mikhail, an architectural designer, pose in front of our signature red wall at our Boston office.